Friday, October 17, 2008

Brandon Will Host

CHL Press Release

The Western Hockey League announced today that the Brandon Wheat Kings and the Province of Manitoba have been selected to host the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup. The 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup will be held at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba from May 14th to 23rd, 2010 and will mark the 92nd edition of the Canadian Hockey League national championship. All games will be televised on Rogers Sportsnet.

Three WHL Clubs – Brandon Wheat Kings, Everett Silvertips and Kelowna Rockets submitted applications to host the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup. The decision to award the hosting of the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup to Brandon was made by a majority vote of the WHL Board of Governors on Wednesday, October 15th in Calgary.

The 2009 MasterCard Memorial Cup will be hosted by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Rimouski Oceanic from May 15th to 24th, 2009 in Rimouski, Quebec. The Memorial Cup features a four team round robin format with the host club competing with the Champions from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The WHL’s Spokane Chiefs captured the 2008 MasterCard Memorial Cup by defeating the host Kitchener Rangers last May.

“We are delighted to bring one of the most prestigious Canadian hockey championships – The MasterCard Memorial Cup – to the city of Brandon and the Province of Manitoba for the first time,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison, “The Brandon Wheat Kings are one of the longest standing franchises in WHL history and this community has earned the right to host our national showcase.”

“This is a great honor for the Province of Manitoba, the City of Brandon and the Wheat King organization,” commented Wheat Kings Governor, General Manager and Head Coach Kelly McCrimmon, “We look forward to being the center of the hockey world in May 2010.”

The Brandon Wheat Kings joined the WHL for the start of the 1967-68 regular season and have represented the WHL in three MasterCard Memorial Cup Championships - Montreal (1979), Kamloops (1995) and Peterborough (1996).

The City of Brandon hosted the 2002 Scotts Tournament of Hearts Women’s Curling national championship and the 1997 Canada Summer Games. Also, in 1994 the Keystone Centre played host to Canada’s national championship for midget aged hockey players, the Air Canada Cup. With the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup heading for the city of Brandon, it marks the first time the Canadian Hockey League national championship has been hosted in the province of Manitoba.

The Western Hockey League has won a total of 18 Memorial Cup Championships since its inaugural season in 1966, including five of the past eight Championships, Red Deer Rebels – 2001, Kootenay Ice – 2002, Kelowna Rockets – 2004, Vancouver Giants – 2007 and Spokane Chiefs – 2008.

“On behalf of MasterCard I would like to congratulate the City of Brandon and the Brandon Wheat Kings Hockey Club for a successful bid to host the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup,” said Lillian Tomovich, Vice President, Brand Marketing for MasterCard Canada. “MasterCard has been a supporter of the Canadian Hockey League since 1999, and we are extremely proud to continue this tradition as title sponsor of the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup” added Tomovich.

QMJHL Press Release

TORONTO, Wednesday, October 15, 2008 – The Canadian Hockey League today announced its most recent CHL Mosaik MasterCard Top 10 rankings for the 2008-09 season. Four Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams managed to crack the upper echelon of the CHL: The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, the Quebec Remparts, the Moncton Wildcats and the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League's top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

CHL Mosaik MasterCard Top 10 Rankings

1. Windsor Spitfires (8-1-0-0)
2. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (10-2-0-0)
3. Quebec Remparts (9-1-0-0)
4. Moncton Wildcats (8-0-2-0)
5. Swift Current Broncos (8-2-0-0)
6. Vancouver Giants (7-0-0-2)
7. Guelph Storm (7-2-0-1)
8. Drummondville Voltigeurs (8-1-0-2)
9. Spokane Chiefs (6-1-0-2)
10. Belleville Bulls (6-3-0-0)
Boston Pizza CHL Player of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Justin DiBenedetto of the Sarnia Sting is the Boston Pizza CHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 12 after scoring five goals and four assists for nine points in three games finishing with a plus-3 plus-minus rating.

DiBenedetto, a 20-year-old from Vaughan, ON scored five goals and two assists in a 7-2 win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sunday night. The five goals scored equals a Sting single game record. He scored three goals in the first period including a goal to open the scoring 39 seconds into the game. He then scored two power play goals 15 seconds apart to complete the natural hat-trick. His final two goals came in the second period including one shorthanded marker to receive first star of the game honours. DiBenedetto recorded a single assist Friday night in a 4-3 loss to the Windsor Spitfires, and another against the Saginaw Spirit in a 5-2 loss on Saturday.

DiBenedetto is in his fifth OHL season and third with the Sting. The sixth round pick of the New York Islanders in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft scored 39 goals and 54 assists for 93 points in 58 games played last season with the Sting.

Evander Kane scored three goals and four assists in two games for the Vancouver Giants representing the WHL nominee for the award this week. The 17-year-old Kane was the first star of the game in a 7-1 win over the Kelowna Rockets where he recorded his first WHL career hat-trick. Jordan Caron of the Rimouski Oceanic was the QMJHL nominee. Caron helped the Oceanic to a 3-0-0-0 record this week by scoring five goals, including two game winners.

ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Calvin Pickard of the Seattle Thunderbirds is the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 12.

Pickard, a 16-year-old from Winnipeg, MB, is in his first WHL season. This week he posted a 1-0-0-1 record with a 0.480 goals-against-average and a .978 save percentage. His 20 saves on Saturday night backstopped the Thunderbirds to a 4-0 road win against division rival Portland Winter Hawks. With his first WHL career shutout, Pickard was named the game’s first star. On Sunday he made 24 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss against the Chilliwack Bruins and was named second star of the game. Calvin Pickard is the younger brother of 2007-08 WHL and CHL Goaltender of the Year Chet Pickard.

Maxim Gougeon of the Rimouski Oceanic went 3-0-0-0 this week including a 4-0 shutout win over the Montreal Juniors to represent the QMJHL nominee for the award this week. Peter Di Salvo of the Barrie Colts was the OHL nominee. Di Salvo made 32 saves in a big 3-0 shutout win over the Sudbury Wolves on Friday night. The 17-year-old Di Salvo was named the first star of the game with his second shutout of the season.

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1 comment:

SimonTemplar said...

It's nice the Q can place four teams in the top 10 but the QHMHL must be a little concerned none of them are named Rimouski.Some have said it's a year early for the Oceanic so what do you think Nathan. I am a Remps fan myself.

Drummondville really don't belong there do they ?

And whats happening with the Sea Dogs.